Astrology of the Cardinal Grand Cross Aug/Sept 2020: Fight the Power!

Astrology of the Cardinal Grand Cross Aug/Sept 2020: Fight the Power!

There’s a Cardinal Grand Cross in the Cosmos that is going to bring major tensions until the middle of September. “A Grand Cardinal Cross deals with power abuses and leadership. It calls upon us to bring balance and justice to those who govern and rule, and to be more humane in our own positions of authority.” https://astrostyle.com/aspects/grand-cross/ This particular Cardinal Grand Cross includes all the players in the year that will stay in infamy historically. Pandemics, riots, the murder of two people by a young white militia person who was ‘policing’ the protests, the UK hurtling towards a no deal Brexit at the end of the year, the craziest election in living history in the USA, hurricane Laura heading towards the Gulf coast as a Cat 4 and being described as ‘unsurvivable’. Add to this (thanks to @Anne Ortelee) a Thor’s Hammer this week and the week of Sept 3, when the Sun moves to 12˚ Virgo where Mercury is this week, that, to quote Anne, smites people and things. Thor’s Hammer is also known as the fist of God and when the hammer is dropped the shock waves ripple far and wide. It’s a volatile configuration. As this is from Mercury in Virgo, this could indicate news that will shock us to our core. The areas of the chart that are ‘smited’ — or even do the smiting — are 26˚ Aries and Capricorn, two of the degrees also contained in the Cardinal Grand Cross. If you have anything around those degrees there will be immense pressure. Please, please know that pressure creates diamonds and precious things, so even...
Total Eclipse of the….Mars! Astrology of Mars Occultations.

Total Eclipse of the….Mars! Astrology of Mars Occultations.

  On Aug 9, Sept 6 and Oct 3 2020 the Moon will be occulting Mars.Yes I am a little behind on my writing 🙂 The Moon also occulted Mars on Feb 18 and Mar 18 2020. The Astrological Dictionary defines an Occultation as: “When a planet or star is hidden or eclipsed by another body, particularly by the Moon, there results what is termed an occultation.” Mars’ energy is, therefore briefly hidden (occulted) from our earthly view which suggests some hidden wisdom is literally Eclipsed and then revealed as the Moon moves on. Since the Moon comes between Mars (or any occulted planet but they are not that common) and the Moon is our receptive, emotional and ancestral emotional body, this suggests that we get a jolt or a rest in some respect to how we view Mars. And the upcoming occultations are connected to Mars journey through the sign of rulership, Aries, and Mars’ upcoming retrograde where Mars influence is being felt in all our lives very keenly. I wrote about that in this article. Since an Occultation is a reset of the planetary bodies energy by our emotional, reactive and responsive body, this suggests that Mars energy is being softened both by his retrograde and the lunar occultations. We are learning, or being invited to, to integrate our Martian, warrior energy in healthier ways. To fight for things, to use our will for caring not to control others. To use our personal power and leadership qualities wisely. The Occultations are dampening the fire of Mars. I think of the quote that Angeles Arrien uses in The Tarot...
Mercury in Leo: Command Attention and Speak From the Heart.

Mercury in Leo: Command Attention and Speak From the Heart.

  After an extended stay in Cancer due to the last Mercury Retrograde, Mercury moves into Leo on August 4th until August 19th. Yes only 15 days to command attention and speak from the heart, both of which are needed! ‘Look at me’, Leo in Mercury shouts. Leo energy loves to take the stage and to shine and Mercury in Leo loves to sing and perform to gain attention. It’s a fabulous time to promote yourself and to show your shiny sunny side since Leo is ruled by the Sun. Remember that this is Mercury in Leo by transit, however, and Mercury is language, thoughts, communication, learning, the mind, information, wit and youthfulness. Mercury is the trickster who is the messenger of the Gods, the vehicle for transmitting messages from the universe to the human world. The psychopomp who travels between words. This means that Mercury in Leo demands words from the heart, words of love, words that bring joy to the self and others. I’m aware that my words are not always kind, it’s something I work on at all times as it’s my soul habit to work on (Aries/sharp/aggressive South Node/Karmic Lesson/Soul Habit in the Third House/language/words). Are you aware of where you are not always kind and loving in your words? In this brief time, as Mercury flies through the sign of the Lion, the heart, and love, we are called to be more conscious of our words and to speak only kind words. Words of love and generosity. Of course, this applies to our thoughts and perceptions as well. Find yourself thinking unkind thoughts? Try...
Mars Retrograde in Aries: War: What Is It Good For?

Mars Retrograde in Aries: War: What Is It Good For?

Mars entered the sign of his rulership, Aries, on June 28th 2020 for an extended stay until January 6 2021 due to his rare retrograde in his own sign and things are getting heated! I did a video earlier that spoke to the impact of Mars in Aries for each sign. Look at both Rising Sign and Sun sign if you know them Mars rarely goes retrograde in his own sign and the last two times were in 1941 from Sept 6th to Nov 10th (23˚ Aries to 11˚ Aries) and 1988 from August 26th to Oct 28th (11˚ Aries to 29˚ Aquarius). 1941 was the middle of World War 2 and the Retrograde period brought the atomic program that would become the Manhattan Project and, shortly after, the attack on Pearl Harbor that caused the US and Britain to declare war on Japan and for the US to enter the War. Incidentally, Bernie Sanders was born during this rare retrograde and his chart is activated majorly by this retrograde. That felt like a good omen to me but he’s withdrawn from the race to be the Democratic Nominee so we’ll have to see. 1988 brought the realization that 50k Kurds had been killed by Iraq and shortly after the retrograde Gorbachev became the head of the Soviet Union, first female Prime Minister of a Muslim country was elected (Bhutto in Pakistan), the PLO proclaiming the State of Palestine, the Armenian Earthquake that killed 25–50k and the Lockerbie bombing. Mars in Aries contributes to turbulent times for sure. Mars is the God of War and in Aries anger is...
Venus Retrograde in Gemini: Personal Reflections

Venus Retrograde in Gemini: Personal Reflections

  Venus goes retrograde every 19 months and every 19 months I do a Venus Retrograde Journey class. When Venus stationed retrograde at 21˚ Gemini on May 13th, the third iteration of this class began, with Venus stationing exactly opposing my Natal Twelfth house Sagittarius Sun. The Venus Star point, the point of her interior conjunction with the Sun, at 13˚ Gemini was conjunct my Sixth house Gemini Moon/Black Moon Lilith conjunction. This retrograde had a big impact on me. Lives change through this class but it often takes a while to emerge. Incidentally, this post is not about the class per se which is why I call it personal reflections. You may, however, realize some themes that are emerging for you also because Venus stationed direct on June 25th at 5˚ Gemini and reaches the exact point she stationed retrograde at, 21˚ 50′, shortly after 11pm MST on Tuesday July 28th, again exactly opposing my Twelfth house Sun and I now realize what’s emerging from this journey. Venus represents core values, harmony, relatedness to all things, love, money/finances, manifestation, and self worth. Gemini represents curiosity, thinking, communication, changeability, writing, mental agility and connection. Venus is the esoteric ruler of Gemini and “Venus in this position gives one the understanding of the spiritual purpose behind any relationship. On the personality level, Venus in Gemini frequently indicates two diametrically opposed relationships simultaneously occurring in a person’s life. He is often caught in a difficulty duality. “How can I have both?” which one do I choose?” The Higher Mind will always choose both, and then blend them into a harmonious third,...
Astrology: Venus Square Neptune July 27 2020: Illusory Desires

Astrology: Venus Square Neptune July 27 2020: Illusory Desires

  After some fits and starts since the publication of my second book, The Complete Guide to Astrology, I FINALLY feel like writing again! Incidentally, I have a give away running on my Cosmic Owl Astrology Facebook page for a signed. copy of my book (USA only) or 5 runner up prizes of an Audible copy. Head on over there to enter after you read this :). I will be drawing the winners on the Full Moon on August 3rd. I can’t keep up writing daily energy posts any more because of time so I am going to experiment to find my new stride. Writing is like a muscle, the more you write, the more you write so please bear with me. Today I am going to write about the third exact square of Venus in Gemini to Neptune in Pisces at the 20˚ mark. This third and final square exacts on July 27th and the first two squares were on May 3rd (both planets direct) and May 20th (Venus Rx). On this third exact square, Neptune is Rx. Venus in Gemini is all about our relationships to community and each other. It’s a fun and sociable placement but Mercurial in nature due to Gemini being ruled by Mercury. This period of Venus in Gemini has Venus retrograding from May 13th to June 25th for the first time in eight years and has meant that we’ve been reflecting on our values in relationship to each other and community. Neptune rules Pisces and is all about illusion, faith, trust, surrender and brings confusion and disorientation. We’ve been through a VERY confusing...